Few acts induce a trance as well as Föllakzoid. Their work is languorous and full of space, mirroring a release pattern that's just as unhurried. Fans have been on tenterhooks since the Chilean group's 'III' in 2015, but they can rest easy. It's clear that those four years have been put to good use.
With their new album, 'I', Föllakzoid have refined and re-jigged, no longer recording in collaborative single takes. Instead, phrases and instrumentals have been laid down piecemeal and stitched together by German producer Atom™, a party not present for the stems' recording.
This obfuscation of process, this disassembled assembly, situates Föllakzoid's music in a non-authorial space. More so than any of their past work, this album feels like it grew — rather than was pulled — into being. The fingerprint of an artist is hard to detect. Instead, you feel like you're tuning into some primal frequency; the oscillations of the earth.
When discussing Föllakzoid, and especially 'I', it's hard to avoid platitudes and new age-isms. They reject analysis, blow soot in the face of theory, occupy themselves with the pure and the experiential. This is a listening experience to disappear to, hanging in the air invisibly like dust at midnight.
I is available for purchase and streaming here.
Words by Andrew O’Keefe